ERIC Number: ED477548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Failing to Qualify: The First Step to Failure in School? Issue Brief.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC.
The purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, is to ensure that all children with disabilities have access to an appropriate public education. However, schools may be barring that access for many children with mental and emotional disorders by using inadequate assessment rules. Children who fail to qualify under the IDEA will not receive the services and supports that would enable them to benefit from their education. The resulting school failure makes it nearly impossible for these children to become independent and productive adults. The impending renewal of the IDEA could offer them new hope. The information in this issue brief illustrates the need for federal policy changes to encourage earlier and more accurate identification of children with mental and emotional disorders under the IDEA. It highlights research on the IDEA's definition of "emotional disturbance" and summarizes findings from a study by the Bazelon Center on the possible impact of that definition on identification rates. (GCP)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Children, Disabilities, Early Identification, Emotional Disturbances, Evaluation, Mental Disorders, Policy Formation, Public Education
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 1101 15th St, NW, Suite 1212, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-467-5730; Fax: 202-223-0409; Web site: www.bazelon.org. For full text: http://www.bazelon.org/issues/education/publications/failingtoqualify/failingtoqualify.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act